MEET OUR TEAM
Shawn De Freitas
Shawn has a vibrant entrepreneurial spirit with over 15 year work experience in the digital media industry and effectively coordinated and managing a range of different design and research projects for clients including: BskyB, Flow Interactive, Nokia, University of Brighton, Portaventura, France Telecom, Orange, Cine1, Ministry of Arts and Multiculturalism, US Embassy TT. In 2008, he effectively managed a publicly funded research project for the Technology Strategy Board,London UK. Among his latest endeavors Shawn has directed the launch of Trinipedia, PanJam, AppStart and SteamStart.
Deidre Cristal Lee-Kin
Deidre is passionate about start-up culture, entrepreneurship and the advancement of opportunities for youth. She aspires to be a "Champion of Change" and is proud to be a Young Leaders of the Americas Alumni Fellow
She has represented at the Meridian Global Leadership Summit panel "Digitalization of the Global Economy".
3D Artist and Designer
Kevin is artistic and technically proficient 3d Artist / 3d Modeler. He has great analytical skills, quickly anticipating pipeline needs to enhance modeling workflow, rigging / set-up, texturing / painting productivity, and animation requirements for gaming, augmented reality and virtual reality. Kevin is a graduate from the UTT animation department.
Dr. Anthony Hailey
ADVISOR AND MENTOR
Dr Anthony Hailey began playing the steelpan as an undergraduate East Carolina University where he received his Bachelor of Music Degree. This experience propelled him to explore African and Caribbean music styles while pursuing post graduate studies at the West Virginia University. There he studied steelpan arranging, construction and tuning with one of Trinidad and Tobago’s renowned steelpan innovators, Ellie Mannette.
Dr Kim Johnson
Advisor and Mentor
Dr Kim Johnson is an accomplished journalist, author, and researcher and is recognized as a foremost Steelpan historian in Trinidad & Tobago. His major research achievements include: his PhD thesis (2002) - an oral history of the steelband movement in Trinidad and more recently an exhibition entitled “The Audacity of the Creole Imagination”, staged at the National Museum of Trinidad & Tobago (2010). In addition to his scholarly work, Dr Johnson has also embarked upon a career as a film maker on social issues. He is (in early 2011) working on a full-length documentary film on the Steel Pan movement, and another film Tell Me No Lies, about the experiences of the hearing impaired in Trinidad.
Ray Funk J.D.
Advisor and Mentor
Ray Funk J.D. is a retired district court judge from Fairbanks Alaska who, for the past twenty years, has conducted extensive research on various elements of calypso, steelpan, and Carnival in Trinidad. A Fellow of the Academy of the University of Trinidad and Tobago, Mr Funk has published widely on the above topics in the Trinidad newspapers, Caribbean Beat, and scholarly journals.
*** A Special Note of Thanks To ***
Special thanks to Stephen Weeks and the staff of the US Embassy Trinidad and Tobago from the entire PanJam team